Kyoto National Museum

Sightseeing information about Kyoto National Museum in Japan.

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This museum, one of four national museums in Japan, is located in Higashiyama, near the Sanjusangendo ('33-interval hall'). The museum focuses on mainly pre-modern Japanese works, with special emphasis on a collection of the Heian period (794-1185). For visitors interested in Buddhism, a huge collection of ancient Chinese and Japanese sutras are on display.

There are more than 12,000 works, of which 6,000 are on display on either permanent or temporary exhibitions. The museum is divided into three sections - Fine Arts, including paintings, sculpture and calligraphy; Handicrafts, including pottery, fabrics and lacquerware; and Archaeology, including historical artefacts. In the garden stands a statue of "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin.

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5.02 months ago

On the way to Sanjusangendo, I found out this place. The garden is beautiful and I was so impressed by the 5 Wisdom Buddhas on the 1st floor. The focus lighting made them stunning and I couldn't stop looking at them. And there are also other interesting exhibitions such as kimono, paintings, ceramics, etc. This place was worth visiting.

4.0in the last week

Modern and clean design. Interesting artefacts covering centuries of japanese and Asian history. Very quiet inside. No photos allowed.

4.03 months ago

Beautiful antiques and works of art are here. They have many types of art here including ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, clothing, metal works, sculptures and more. The only downside is that it is a bit on the small side for a national museum in my opinion. I would recommend a visit in any case.

5.04 months ago

The facility is very modern and attractive. Inside are some exquisite examples of pottery and statues as well as some ancient scrolls with text and pictures that I have never seen before as well as excellent paintings from the medieval period. Good English text accompanies most of the exhibition. Even if you're not an afficionado of such things I consider it well worth a couple of hours of your time.

5.03 months ago

An impressive collection of Japanese pieces of work. I strongly advise anyone staying in Kyoto to visit the museum. While being quite quick to visit, it displays various objects such as historical everyday life objects or religious artifacts.

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